There have been police operations recently in Johor Baru to catch Singaporeans who have unpaid traffic fines. The current procedure is not sustainable for Malaysia and also inconveniences Singaporeans. One issue is Singaporeans do not get a notice of offence until they re-enter Malaysia, which may be long after it occurred.
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Tao Li, the PRC imported National Swimmer, has chosen not to train with Singapore’s National Training Centre (NTC) Squad and instead has chosen to train in China, her home country in preparation for the SEA Games. The SEA games are being held in Singapore in June this year and Singapore has a brand new head swim coach, Sergio Lopez to prepare our national team for the games.
The tail of AirAsia flight QZ8501 has been found, Indonesia's search and rescue chief says. Bambang Soelitsyo, the chief of Basarnas, Indonesia's search and rescue agency, told reporters in Jakarta recovery teams found the tail of the plane in the Java Sea. "We have successfully obtained part of the plane that has been our target. The tail portion has been confirmed found," he said.
AirAsia chief Tony Fernandes has denied admitting that the airline had no permit to fly the Surabaya-Singapore route, as reported by Indonesian media quoting the country's transport minister. "We have the right to fly Surabaya-Singapore. We had flown that schedule and had rights for 7 days a week," Fernandes was quoted by Singapore's The Straits Times in a statement.
Mainstream media carried an article today to make Fernvale residents look bad. It said that it spoke to 30 residents, to insinuate that Fernvale residents are the ones with the problem. The sudden news of a columbarium which would be built next to the Fernvale Lea estate caused its residents to be shocked as to why they were never informed of the plans. However, the residents' concerns are not so much with the fact that a columbarium was going to be built. Rather, their concern was that when they had bought the units at Fernvale Lea, the marketing brochure did not indicate that a columbarium would be built. This has thus caused concerns among residents who wanted to know why they were deceived. The issue was that the government was not transparent and honest right from the very beginning.
Veteran criminal defence lawyer Subhas Anandan, has died at the age of 67 this morning at Singapore General Hospital. His long time friend, Amolat Singh, who is also a senior lawyer, explained to the media that everyone was in utter disbelief. Mr Singh recounted how Anandas had always been up and about and no one thought that he would be gone so soon.
The Singapore Business Federation (SBF) wants the government to stop increasing the foreign worker levies. It also wants the government to remove the levies for S Pass holders as there are already dependency ratio ceilings and minimum salary requirements to curb their hiring. SBF said that business costs are still too high and said that by imposing the foreign worker levies, the government is making costs even higher for companies artificially. In addition, SBF also wants the government to continue giving out more money to businesses by extending the Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) Bonus and Wage Credit Scheme (WCS) for three years. Businesses and SMEs in Singapore have been highlighting the problem of high rents to the government for the past few years. However, their pleas have fallen on deaf years.
The GCE O level results are going to be released on January 12 and students can collect their results from their school at 2pm that day. Results can also be accessed online using the passwords provided to students at the Singapore examinations and assessment board website (seab.gov.sg) from 2pm. Private candidates will be given their results by post shortly afterward.
Some of you may have read about would-be residents at BTO estate Fernvale Lea getting upset over the release of government plans to build a columbarium next to their new homes. There will be those among us who will wonder what’s the big deal, and downplay the whole episode as a bunch of narrow-minded and self-centered folks making a lot of noise over a petty issue.